Lobbying is an important political tool for getting things done or for securing interests. Different interest groups lobby and some have more lobbying power than others. Among American colleges, some colleges have more lobbying power than many other organizations. The Center for Responsive Politics had this story by Karl Evers-Hillstrom. Here is an excerpt:
Only one college takes home the trophy in March Madness, but the entire higher education industry was a big winner in Democrats’ stimulus package.
The American Rescue Plan provides nearly $40 billion in aid to colleges and universities, more than either of the two previous stimulus bills. That massive influx of funding is a lifeline to colleges, which have lost key sources of revenue with students leaving campus or postponing their first year of school due to the pandemic.
Schools are expected to use that money to pay for infrastructure to keep students safe, such as COVID-19 tests and masks. The legislation also stipulates that at least 50 percent of the money colleges receive must help students with emergency financial aid.
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